Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 3

Team Rubicon – Bridge the Gap

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and services of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy disaster response teams. Founded in January 2010, the concept of Team Rubicon and veteran-focused disaster response came about as a result of the Haiti earthquake.  Two Marines, who had a vision of using skills they acquired while in service, realized they could develop a program to provide aid and assistance to communities during disasters. They recognized that situations facing military personnel, such as unstable populations, limited resources and uncertain information, mirrored circumstances communities face during disasters.  The skills cultivated on the battlefields—applying emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, teamwork as well as decisive leadership—are invaluable during times of disasters.

The mission of Team Rubicon is both disaster relief and veteran focused; we like to say, “Disasters are our business. Veterans are our passion.”  For many veterans, having the ability to serve in a new capacity along with a sense of purpose and the ability to work side-by-side with those who get it, is what makes Team Rubicon work for them and their reintegration. It is also imperative to have civilians working beside veterans, because you can’t talk about reintegration for veterans without having civilians in the mix. This is where our first responders are so important.  They enhance Team Rubicon by bringing the skills and knowledge of disasters, incident management and response coordination. 

Team Rubicon

Since its inception in January 2010, Team Rubicon has responded to domestic and international operations, coordinating volunteer and donations management during major incidents, such as the West fertilizer plant explosion, devastating tornados in Lancaster and Cleburne Texas; Adairsville Georgia; Moore, Oklahoma; and Faulkner County Arizona, and with medical and disaster aid in the Philippine Islands.  Recently, Team Rubicon was asked to assist in the management of volunteers related to the wildfire in Pateros, Washington. 

Team Rubicon strives to serve the community in whatever capacity they are needed and has worked alongside other nongovernmental organizations, including the Texas Conservation Corps in West and with All Hands Volunteers and the Dream Center in Faulkner County.

Team Rubicon is organized according to FEMA regions. The Texas State Planning Coordinator is John Patrick. You can contact John at: john.patrick@teamrubiconusa.org or 214-529-0477. The Texas State Operations Coordinator is Chance Karshens Her contact information is: karshens@teamrubiconusa.org and 512-986-0619.  Both John and Chance are available at any time to speak about Team Rubicon’s capabilities and areas where Team Rubicon is available to provide disaster and emergency assistance.

Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon

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